UFC 237 happens May 11 at Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous fresh spells for this card have been shown in the past week. We knew the main event is that a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but now we understand a number of the undercard bouts too. They are listed below, along with my first thoughts.
Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier, UFC 237
An intriguing middleweight bout sees Anderson Silva take on Jared Cannonier. ESPN broke the news. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final battle missing a hard-fought choice to No. 1 rival Israel Adesanya. Cannonier (11-4) is 4-4 at the UFC and in his middleweight introduction scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As good as Cannonier appeared at 185lbs as poor as Silva has looked in the previous five years, I still think Silva can win this battle. I am expecting a close fight here, and when for whatever reason Silva is a underdog I’d seriously consider taking a shot on him.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann, UFC 237
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann are set to battle. Combate revealed that the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 in the UFC and in his last fight upset Sam Alvey through KO. Spann (15-5) is really on a five-fight win series including a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s win over Alvey, I still think he’s fade substance because of being 42-years old, and I would have to favor Spann to win this battle just according to him 27-years older.
Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana, UFC 237
A women’s bantamweight bout will visit Bethe Correia take on Irene Aldana. Combate broke the news. Correia (10-3-1) is 4-3-1 in the UFC but hasn’t fought because a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm in June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 from the UFC and has won back-to-back choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into this game. Correia has to be faded coming from a lengthy layoff, particularly against a technical striker like Aldana. I am hoping for a near line here due to Correia’s popularity, but I believe Aldana intentionally is the most-likely result of this particular bout.
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Talita Bernardo, UFC 237
Women’s flyweights Jessica-Rose Clark and Talita Bernardo will fulfill at this event. Combate broke the information. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped a choice to Jessica Eye in her final bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This should be a competitive bout but Clark is the more proven and professional fighter and should be slightly favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will clash. Agfight had the news. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC including a choice win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) has not lost since her pro debut in 2015, also got a UFC contract with a win on the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking experience, but Carolina is the Brazilian fighting her home turf here and I would assume she’d be a decent-sized favorite at open.
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